Mailbox Monday – February 21st

Posted in Event at 1:00 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for originating Mailbox Monday.  It’s gone on tour with a different host each month.  Library of Clean Reads is February’s host.  The host for March is I’m Booking It.

This week brought a mix of ebooks and paperbacks.

Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel by Sable Grace came from NetGalley.  A little about the book: The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurences Novel by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.  This also came from NetGalley. “Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.”

Laura of Library of Clean Reads has been holding giveaways for Mailbox Monday participants.  I was last week’s winner of The Jane Austen Fiction Package from SourceBooks.  The first is Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski.  It features cousins Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam.  “A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend.”  The second book is Mr. Darcy’s Secret by Jane Odiwe. “One dark secret can completely ruin a bright future…”

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


Mailbox Monday – February 14th

Posted in Event at 10:06 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is on now on tour. The February host is Library of Clean Reads.

This week I received The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin via NetGalley.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder

Posted in Review at 6:09 am by Amber

Spellbent by Lucy A. SnyderTitle: Spellbent
Author: Lucy A. Snyder
Publisher: Del Ray
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library (but I did buy my own copy later)

Snyder is a local author I’ve been following for a while.  Spellbent is set in and around Columbus, Ohio.  One reason why I enjoyed Spellbentso much was Snyder’s ability to seamlessly weave her fictional pieces of Columbus with the real ones.  Only true Columbusites will know which places are from her imagination. 

A second reason to enjoy Spellbent is Jessie Shimmer.  The heroine is a novice witch whose boyfriend (and mentor) is sucked into a demon hole.  This is her wake up call.  For the reader it’s easy to say Cooper abused the influence he had over her or he doesn’t treat her like an equal partner.  For Jessie, this event makes her realize just how dependent she was on him.  She doesn’t like it and vows to change things once she gets him back.  During the novel some really bad things happen to her (I don’t want to give spoilers) but she has a sharp sense of humor to go along with it and never gives up.  I hope future books will let us get to know Cooper better so we can come to understand why Jessie cares about him.

The next book, Shotgun Sorceress, is now available but I haven’t read it yet.  The third book in the series, Switchblade Goddess, will be available in October. 

Snyder’s received some good news about Spellbent this week.  Spellbent will be available in French.  It’s currently on the preliminary Bram Stoker ballot for Superior Achievement for a First Novel.  That means a lot of people like it – not just me.  I wish her luck and hope Spellbent makes the final ballot.

Mailbox Monday – February 7th

Posted in Event at 12:20 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for originating Mailbox Monday.  This weekly meme is on now on tour.  The February host is Library of Clean Reads.

Revolution by Deb Olin Unferth

I didn’t expect to have a Mailbox Monday post but I had a package waiting for me in today’s mailbox.  It was a copy of Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War by Deb Olin Unferth.  I’m really excited to read this one and you can read an excerpt on the publisher’s site.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


The Gym

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:03 pm by Amber

On Sunday I went to gym for the first time in *mumble mumble* years.  I took a tour before getting the membership so I could check out the equipment and get a feel for the members.  But while riding the exercise bike I couldn’t help but stare at some of the people around me.

They were reading.  While stair stepping.  While biking.  The exercise bike even had a metal clip to hold your book in place.  I think I’m going to like this gym.


Mailbox Monday – January 31st

Posted in Event at 2:27 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for originating Mailbox Monday. It’s now hosted by a different blog each month. Rose City Reader is January’s host.  Library of Clean Reads will be February’s host.

My husband went to the bookstore in search of logic puzzles.  His only purchases were for me.

Just Kids by Patti Smith – I’ve heard her on NPR at least once talking about the book and thought it would be interesting to read.  I cried when I heard her acceptance speech for the National Book Award.  She’s currently working on a crime novel.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz – I’ve heard conflicting things about this book.  Some readers think it’s full of crap or too narrow of a focus and others love it.

Speak to Our Desires by Brenda W. Clough – This was an ebook win from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  Clough writes mainly science fiction and fantasy.  A private investigator is hired to find the client’s mother.  Book View Cafe has a preview of the first chapter.


January 2011

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 9:15 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in January: 0
  2. Rejections in January: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in January: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 0

It was a slow month due to my editing workshop.  I re-read my first draft of Three Girls, a Corgi and a Dead Body, began integrating parts of the second draft and began rewriting it into a new version.  This is going to take work but I’m not afraid of it.

In February I’ll be taking a second workshop on flash fiction writing.  Before then I’ll take a look at some older material and see if I can edit it into better shape before sending it out.